The Duchess of Cambridge. The Countess of Wessex. Even Rita Ora owns a Jane Taylor creation. The London milliner has become one of the world’s most coveted occasionary designers since launching her eponymous line in 2013.
Raised in the Berkshire countryside in Great Britain, Taylor graduated with a degree in embroidery from the Manchester School of Art. During her time there, she was required to create several theatrical headpieces that ignited her passion for millinery. Honing her skills with further study and by working with distinguished industry names, Taylor decided to branch out on her own.
Moving to London, Taylor and her boyfriend lived on a narrow boat just off the Thames to save the money she needed to get her millinery business off the ground. It was a chance encounter by the Countess of Wessex’ Lady-in-Waiting that catapulted her designs into the royal sphere. Since then, she has created custom pieces for dignitaries and celebrities, brides and socialites. But for Taylor, it’s not so much about who is wearing her creations, it’s more about how they feel when they’re wearing it.
“The hat can be a very eccentric way of expressing yourself,” she explains. “People forget that unlike shoes or bags, the hat flatters your face and draws attention to your eyes. It can be very seductive and confidence boosting for the wearer.”
Inspired by taxidermy, antique prints and couture designs, Taylor produces three collections each season, utilizing luxury fabrics, felt, feathers and vintage treasures.
It’s her bespoke creations, however that have the paparazzi drooling. “It’s great to talk with a client to understand their sense of style and personality,” says Taylor of the process. “They must feel amazing and confident in the piece to wear it well.”
In a sneaker culture—where dressing down is the code-of-choice—it’s so wonderful to witness the ongoing evolution of Jane Taylor Millinery. As the team is busy moving into new premises this month, we say, hats off to you and your fantastic creations. JaneTaylorMillinery.com — A.R.